Let’s start with a few links.
Here’s our story about today’s big game and here’s a view from the other side courtesy of the Washington Post reporter Liz Clarke.
Full slate of Pac-10 games today.
Washington vs. Georgetown, 11 a.m.
Washington State vs. Air Force, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. Mississippi State, 1:30 p.m.
Delaware State at Arizona State, 2 p.m.
St. Mary’s at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego State, 8 p.m.
My picks: WSU, Mississippi State, ASU, St. Mary’s, Nebraska and Arizona.
And the UW-Georgetown winner:
— The Hoyas.
Too much size. Too much defense. And too much Greg Monroe for the Huskies. Slow and steady wins this race. It will be important for the Huskies to remain patient and not become frustrated offensively against a defense that hasn’t given up more than 65 points in any game this season.
Still UW has a chance to wear down Georgetown, which doesn’t have a very deep bench. Also it’s imperative for the Huskies to create turnovers for easy transition baskets without getting beat on backdoor cuts for layups, which is the signature play of the Hoyas’ Princeton offense.
The Huskies won’t see a team like Georgetown in the Pac-10, including Oregon State which runs the Princeton offense and Arizona State which is a defensive-oriented team because those Pac-10 teams don’t have a roster filled with three former McDonald’s All-Americans and the talent of the Hoyas.
And Washington won’t contend against anyone like Monroe in conference play. If they can get him in foul trouble like they did Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado in the first round of the NCAA tournament, then the Huskies have a real good chance to win. Varnado was an excellent shot-blocker, but he wasn’t nearly as skilled offensively as Monroe.
This game reminds me of the matchup with Kansas last season when the Jayhawks controlled both ends of the court with their star center Cole Aldrich. This time, Monroe should control the paint and he gives the edge to the Hoyas. The 6-11 sophomore center isn’t as imposing as Aldrich. He plays similar to former Sonic and ex-Hoyas forward Jeff Green, who was versatile and impacted the game without dominating.